Archives For Memorable Quotes

Liberty and Tyranny

By Nate LaClaire —  October 23, 2009 — Leave a comment

When the people fear the government, there is tyranny. When the government fears the people, there is liberty. -Thomas Jefferson

Spoken by someone who knew what he was talking about.

Temptations

By Nate LaClaire —  August 13, 2008 — Leave a comment

O how the world to evil allures me!
O how my heart is tempted to sin!
I must tell Jesus, and He will help me
Over the world the vict’ry to win.
– Elisha A. Hoffman, “I Must Tell Jesus,” verse 3

A few months ago, during a worship service, I was playing “I Must Tell Jesus” and singing it with the congregation. Now, I have sung and played this song many, many times before – many tens if not hundreds of times – but this time, those words from the third verse stood out. Sometimes it seems to me, especially with hymns, that the words are wonderful and spiritual, but lack reality. Like when we sing hymns about raising hands in celebration in a very conservative church with no one raising any hands. Or when we sing about giving up everything for the cause of Christ, knowing full well that few if any of us will ever make such a sacrifice. Not this time… those words fit me exactly at that moment. My eyes actually teared up as I was playing, which seldom happens. It was a moment from God, a reminder that only through Him can I ever hope to find victory over my temptations. I praise God that He brought those words to me when I needed them most and, most of all, that He will give me the strength to stand up against my selfish addictions. Praise the Lord!

Proverbs 3:1-6

By Nate LaClaire —  July 27, 2008 — 1 Comment

My son, do not forget my teaching, but keep my commands in your heart, for they will prolong your life many years and bring you prosperity. Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Then you will win favor and a good name in the sight of God and man. Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. (NIV)

Faith

By Nate LaClaire —  May 7, 2008 — Leave a comment

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. Hebrews 11:1

Prosperity

By Nate LaClaire —  January 30, 2008 — Leave a comment

Lazy hands make a man poor, but diligent hands bring wealth. Proverbs 10:4

Wisdom from an old man

By Nate LaClaire —  October 3, 2007 — Leave a comment

One of my favorite lines from the movie Secondhand Lions is spoken by Hub, the character played by Robert Duvall:

Sometimes the things that may or may not be true are the things a man needs to believe in the most[...] that honor, courage, and virtue mean everything; that power and money, money and power mean nothing; that good always triumphs over evil; and I want you to remember this, that love… true love never dies. You remember that, boy. You remember that. Doesn’t matter if it’s true or not. You see, a man should believe in those things, because those are the things worth believing in.

I just love that quote.

The Serenity Prayer

By Nate LaClaire —  June 15, 2007

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can; and wisdom to know the difference. –Reinhold Niebuhr

What an awesome prayer… I saw this on a “thinking of you” card several months ago and it has stuck with me. I finally looked it up and discovered that it can most likely be attributed to the theologian above, although it was popularized by Alcoholics Anonymous. I’m not one for memorizing prayers, but this is one that I have and God has brought it back to me time and time again.

Frodo: I wish the ring had never come to me. I wish none of this had happened.
Gandalf: So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us. There are other forces at work in this world Frodo, besides the will of evil. Bilbo was meant to find the Ring. In which case, you were also meant to have it. And that is an encouraging thought.

I just love that quote. What an awesome reminder that God is in control! Even in our darkest moments, we can have faith that He has put us there. We need not worry over our circumstances but must focus on seizing the day. And that is an encouraging thought.

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell. – C. S. Lewis

How true…